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Man fined for illegal club operation

     A man was fined $3,000 at Eastern Magistrates' Courts today (March 1) for contravening the Clubs (Safety of Premises) Ordinance.

     The courts heard that in August last year, officers from the Office of the Licensing Authority (OLA) of the Home Affairs Department conducted an inspection at a club on Arbuthnot Road in Central, which had been operating with a certificate of compliance (CoC).

     The OLA officers posed as customers and patronised the club for food and drinks without being asked to show their membership status or being invited to join the club as members. Condition 19 of the CoC was breached. Also, OLA officers found that the club had been operating under a name other than the one indicated on the CoC on the day of inspection.

     The man, responsible for managing the club, was charged with contravening sections 21(1)(a) and 21(1)(c) of the Ordinance.

     A spokesman for the department reminded all CoC holders to comply with the conditions as stipulated therein. Enforcement action would continue to be taken against illegal club operations.

Ends/Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Issued at HKT 17:03


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